Whilst the recession continues to bite, with numerous forecasts offering expert opinion as to when the worst might be over, Phillip Riddle chief executive of Visit Scotland has the UK as the place where most visitors to Scotland will come from this year. Corporate tours are down as are overseas visitors.
In nearby Inverness Nicol Manson of the Highlands Loch Ness tourist group says Inverness is ‘buoyant’ despite the economic gloom.
It would seem the weak pound means mainland Europe is looking less attractive as a destination for UK tourists.
So… dig out your bucket and spade and get down to the beach, your holiday is on your doorstep this year Nairnites!